Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Legacies and New Years Resolutions

When I started planning this post, I was going to write about how those New Years Resolutions I set back in the beginning of December were going. The funny thing about life is that just when you think you have a plan, things change drastically. So, we're going to shift the focus of this post slightly.

Have you ever thought about what your legacy is? I know I hadn't really given it much thought until yesterday as I was sitting at my grandpa's funeral contemplating what matters most in life and how quickly it ends. What do I really want from my life? Am I focusing my time on the things that really matter or nit picking things that are just stressing me out and making me tense? Unfortunately, I think the latter was true. I'm just glad I realized it now, not 20 years down the road.

I've always had the goal of making a positive difference in the dairy industry and in many ways I've already done that. However, this is a goal that's never really finished. There's always more to do, and that's a good thing.

I usually start my New Years resolutions in December. I'm goal oriented and this works for me. However, things don't always go according to plan and even the best set plans get derailed. Most of the goals were fairly straight forward, but all of the recent events have made me realize I'm not always focusing on the most important things in life and I need to be. The good thing about goals is that they can always be revised.

Striving to be perfect was always the goal growing up...but for what? Sure, it helped in school to have good grades and a full extracurricular schedule, but the older I get the more those things just don't matter as much. Having fun was always a byproduct of other events and goals, but it was never the main goal, but maybe it should be.

Work hard, make a difference and don't forget to have a good time.

One of my goals was to be more spontaneous, try new things and make my social life more of a priority. That has opened a lot of doors for me in the last month, more than I ever imagined. Being so hard on myself wasn't really accomplishing anything. It also didn't encourage me to think outside the box, either.

A new year brings a new beginning and an opportunity to take a look at what's working in life, what's not and what you can change. For some, this means being more in control of their lives. For me, I need to give up some control. It's a process, but when I'm 80 or 90 and look back on my life I don't want to remember how all I did was work and occasionally make time for fun.

What memories do I want to look back on? Make those now. I think that's the best resolution I've come up with yet.

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